I have just had a crew come in and re-level my home. I was considering doing this myself, but decided to leave it to the experts and see how they handled it. Boy, was I impressed!
The company I used is local to me, and level over 500 homes each year according to their website. I left them a message over the weekend, got a call back on Monday morning, and they arrived on Tuesday ready to work.
Two pickup trucks pulled up, with three guys. Two of them suited up in thick suits, goggles, face masks, gloves, etc and proceeded to make small openings in the skirting. They both disappeared under the home and started checking every lag bolt under there. They used radios to inform the "boss" as to what they found, which he then explained to me in laymans terms.
He told me the underbelly and insulation were in good condition, while they found evidence of some plumbing work done by a previous owner which was also in good shape. Once all the lag bolts were done, the boss, Wes, started working through the home with a spirit level, and listening to what I'd deemed to be problems.
The creaking floor in the living room and master bedroom, along with the back door opening problems and the sliding window problems were all down to settling of the home at the South East corner. Some jacking under there, a little up, a little down, resolved all the problems in one go! The door is now square and opens and closes properly, while the window (Wes said he hadn't seen a window recover properly in 25 years) also squared up and opens/closes with ease!
The creaking areas were assisted with wedges driven in between the sub-floor and the supports and the floors are now creak-free (aside from the creak from my ageing joints that is!). The end result was that the South East corner of the home was lifted by over an inch and then re-stabilized at that level.
All in all, it cost me $295 for 2 hours work, but I feel comfortable that the job was done well and professionally. They even replaced all the skirting that they removed, and then cleaned it off, no signs to show they had even been there! I would be more than happy to provide references for these guys, they cover the Phoenix metro area as well as Tucson, Casa Grande, Yuma and Flagstaff. Their website
has contact information, and I'm not getting a kickback from your contact with them if you should choose to do so.
I wrote this with a view to helping others, not to pick up a few cents, hopefully it helps someone else!